Leo Sayer talks about childhood holidays in Ireland, dressing as a clown and owning a pet rat called Eric.
British pop star Leo Sayer was in Dublin for a performance at the RDS. The singer spoke to Inge Hubrich about spending time in Ireland as a child, his Irish family and how he became a performer.
Having an Irish mother meant that Leo Sayer has fond memories of childhood summers spent with relatives in Ireland.
He gave up art college to pursue singing as a career. In the beginning, Leo wore a clown suit and makeup while performing.
I was playing the part of a sad clown. I thought it would be a good way to convey the songs that I was singing.
As his musical style changed, he dropped the clown makeup and his career has really taken off.
Leo Sayer thinks of music as a hobby rather than a job and enjoys all types of music.
He also answers a few questions from fans about his star sign and whether he has any pets, and autographs some photographs for them. He also reveals that he has a pet rat called Eric.
The Irish fans have been tremendous.
'Youngline' broadcast on 22 November 1979. The reporter is Inge Hubrich.